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DORIAN Family HistoryRecorded as Doran, Dorran, Dorian, Dorrian and O'Deoran, this is usually a surname of Irish origins. It derives from the Old Gaelic O'Deoradhain, with O' indicating "grandson or male descendant of", and the personal byname "Deorain", meaning an exile, wanderer or possibly stranger. The Dorans were one of the seven septs of County Leix, the others being O' Devoy, O' Dowling, McEvoy, O' Kelly, O' Lalor and O' Moore, and together they were known as "The great Brehan family of Leinster". The word "brehan" refers to the Gaelic legal system in force before the Norman Invasion of 1170, on which for some reason "the family" was expert...
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